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home : letters : letters July 22, 2017

5/16/2017 7:27:00 AM
'The care they deserve'

To the Editor:

It is a national shame that an average of 20 veterans die from suicide every single day. That's nearly a quarter of all suicide deaths among U.S. adults. Something is wrong. But we need to know more in order to seriously address the problem.

In response to this situation. Senator Tammy Baldwin has joined Senator John McCain in a bipartisan effort, the Veterans Overmedication Prevention Act. This proposal calls for an independent study by experts on the deaths by suicide and drug overdose by veterans who were being treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also requires a more comprehensive review of its behavioral health staff to deal with shortages in workforce.

Because such additional knowledge is needed to help our veterans, the legislation is supported by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

We have long known that we need to treat our veterans better. At a time when Congress is crippled by polarization, it is gratifying that Wisconsin's Senator Baldwin is working across the aisle to better enable us to give our veterans the care they deserve.

David Barnhill


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